A Week Into Fall Practice, Story Lines Abound

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Tech opened football practice last Friday, and there are already plenty of
stories coming out of Blacksburg. Some are good, and some are bad. The bad news
is that the Hokies seem to have caught the dreaded injury bug. Several very
important players are currently out nursing injuries. Nearly a week into
practice, it’s time to take a quick look at what has happened so far at each


Sean Glennon has locked down the starting quarterback position. No one has
presented a significant challenge to him thus far. The coaching staff is so
confident that Glennon will be the starter that they have started giving backup
quarterback Ike Whitaker reps as a wide receiver.

Tyrod Taylor has been doing as well as a true freshman quarterback can do. He
flashes some serious talent, but like all freshmen, everything is new to him.
The coaching staff is still evaluating Taylor to see if he can play this season.
His situation will be more clear following this Saturday’s scrimmage.

Running Backs

Branden Ore didn’t do what he needed to do over the summer, and as a result
he opened practice third on the depth chart behind Kenny Lewis, Jr. and Dustin
Pickle. Lewis apparently worked very hard in the offseason to pack on more
muscle, and he’s now up to 205.

Running back depth suffered a hit on the first day of practice when Elan
Lewis tore his ACL. He’ll miss the entire season. He was not expected to be a
factor on the depth chart this season. With the knee problems he’s had in the
past, his current injury, and his struggle to keep weight off, the career of the
former #2 recruit in the state of Virginia could be nearing an end.

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the depth chart is Jahre Cheeseman’s
placement at the bottom. He’s lumped into the same area as true freshmen Josh
Oglesby and Darren Evans and r-freshman Devin Radford. Cheeseman had a very good
spring, and he was expected to challenge for the #2 tailback spot this season.
He’ll have work to do in